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Geelong, Victoria

 

Far more than just an extension of Melbourne, Geelong and its surrounding Bellarine Peninsula region offer many things that Melbourne itself can't; think quality beaches, pleasant seaside towns and lovely waterfront areas. It's where Melbournites go for a dash of sunshine and seaside relaxation, yet it's also an underrated travel destination in its own right with a range of unique experiences.

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Why Geelong?

 

State: Victoria

Why it's special: Lovely seaside environment with some great surf breaks; trendy foodie destination with plenty of upcoming cafes and dining; easily reachable from Melbourne proper for a more coastal getaway; good blend of historic and cultural attractions

Best time to go: Autumn (March - April)

Centered around the hub city of Geelong itself yet encompassing a number of pleasant seaside towns in its greater reaches, the combined Geelong and Bellarine area to Melbourne's south-west has continued to evolve over the years to the point that it now serves as one of the more shining examples of urban development done well.

Geelong itself has grown and gradually become revamped without losing much of its working class origins, with increasing dashes of indie influence added to make for a thriving culinary scene. Featuring repurposed industrial buildings dotted with trendy cafes (where that signature Melbourne coffee quality still shines), bars and one truly outstanding brewery, those who enjoy their food and drink will be in their element here.

The city also features a lovely waterfront area offering a blend of cafes with a maritime influence and a wonderful botanic gardens that's a joy to both walk through and relax in throughout the year. And, of course, no mention of Geelong would be complete without a tip of the cap to its strong sporting culture courtesy of the near-continually-successful Geelong Cats of the AFL. The arts scene is also prominent here, with galleries and even architecture making for an easily absorbable dose of culture and history.

 

Look outside the city and opportunities for other forms of enjoyable travel spots open up further; many of its regional towns and townships offer at least one of outstanding surfing, delectable seafood or wonderful wineries at which to indulge both the body and palate, with Port Phillip Bay serving as the aquatic backdrop for a handful of these. As a result, those who enjoy the water will especially appreciate the region, whether it's tackling the waves of Ocean Grove, swimming alongside dolphins and seals at Queenscliff, or having a snorkel at Point Lonsdale.

Combining the best of relaxed coastal environments with all the accommodation, dining and convenience benefits of big-city life, the Geelong & Bellarine region has plenty to offer for those willing to make the short journey out of Melbourne. It's the "sunny side" of Victorian living, and is a great destination for families in particular.


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